• baby getting head measured
  • washing hands with soap and water
  • food safety inspection
  • mom kissing smiling baby
  • nurse taking blood pressure
  • three older ladies exercising
  • immunization in arm
  • various foods

Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county. Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

  • Each Fourth of July, over 9,000 people are injured by fireworks with almost half of these injuries occurring in those under the age of 20 due to misuse.
  • The risk of fireworks injury is higher for young people ages 5-9, followed by children age 10-19.
  • Sparklers burn at a temperature of 2,000 degrees, that's the same temperature as lava from a volcano.
  • From 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 18,500 fires caused by fireworks. These fires included 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 16,900 outside and other fires.
  • Don't let OOO's and AHHH's turn into OWW's and OH NOO's! Always be safe and be prepared for anything. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby and never try to relight malfunctioning fireworks.

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